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To the Editor.—
I have followed with interest the letters concerning the use (or lack of it) of patient package inserts in the March 8 (235:1003,1976) and previous issues of JAMA.In the March 8 issue, I was struck by the timely ring of Dr Aring's quotation of Justice Cardozo in his commentary (p 1013)—coming as it did, just a few pages after the "insert" discussion: "Justice Cardozo said that there is an accuracy that defeats itself by overemphasis of details, and that one must permit oneself, quite advisedly and deliberately, a certain margin of misstatement."With the possible substitution of "understatement" for "misstatement," do you suppose it might have some relevance to this "insert" controversy?
Rooke ED. The Patient Package Insert. JAMA. 1976;236(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270020015013
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